Yoga is known to be of various types – Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Beer Yoga, Aquatic Yoga, Beach Yoga and list goes on as the number of practitioners. The benefits of each type primarily remain same albeit in various degrees, as follows:
- Increase in Flexibility
- Harmonious Breathing
- Balanced flow of Energies
- Improved Blood circulation
- Improved Digestion
- Awareness of Self
A Master through his or her strenuous training, deep personal practice developed each technique. Once people suffering from various ailments got healed, they became popular respectively. However, one of the techniques couldn’t reach masses as much as it deserved due to its simplicity of exercises. Yogic Suksma Vyayama, designed by Acharya Dheerendra Brahmachariji is a series of 48 exercises that are gentle, yet powerful.
Most of the Yoga classes start with a prayer or OM recital, alternatively known as chanting of OM sound. This article is dedicated to the power of prayer or prarthana. Prarthana is the first exercise of Yogic Suksma Vyayama.
Stand tall, erect, feet together, eyes closed. Now fold your hands, with thumbs on throat cavity & forearms pressing the chest.
Focus your mind on Supreme Being, seeking their blessings for a healthy practice. As you attain this mental state, release the pressure of thumbs & forearms. However, if you are unable to focus, keep the pressure on till you feel reaching there.
As per the Yogic tradition, this exercise, by its effect on the Manovaha nerve, helps to sublimate the sexual instinct and to increase the powers of concentration.
The exercise has connected onself to one’s present surroundings, and readied the mind to move deeper, step-by-step in one’s practice. Following are the breathing exercises to result in clearing, drying and ventilating the air passages and special benefit to cases of mental fatigue.
- UCCARANA-STHALA TATHA VISUDDHA-CAKRA-SUDDHI
- TATHA DHRTI-SAKTI-VIKASAKA
- SMARANA SAKTI VIKASAKA
- MEDHA SAKTI-VIKASAKA-1
Please note that all of these involve bellows breathing, with 25 times each.
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